Inside the kitchen of Ed Bozzo, co-owner and head baker of Mimico’s SanRemo Bakery

Mimico’s SanRemo Bakery is an institution. On weekends, you’re lucky to find a seat, and around the holidays, there are lineups out the door for this independent bakery’s house-made goods. And while the Bozzo family is happy that business is booming, it means they’re basically running a 24-hour operation in order to satisfy the hungry masses clamouring for their Italian treats.

In order to open the doors at 8 a.m., Ed Bozzo—who took over as head baker after his dad and SanRemo’s founder, Natale—wakes up at 2:30 a.m. Everyone else in the house—his girlfriend Bianca Di Vittorio and his three daughters Natasha, Alexa and Julia Bozzo—are all still asleep, so he quietly makes a protein shake before heading to the bakery. There, he’ll drink a cappuccino and nosh on a croissant with some scrambled eggs.

Ed spends most of his days running around the shop. If he’s not doing paperwork or taking care of the ovens, he’s chatting with the customers—which is how he met his girlfriend. “I was with a friend of mine who was pregnant at the time, and he offered us some fresh-from-the-oven doughnuts,” says Bianca. “I’m pretty sure he was offering them to my pregnant friend, but after that I started visiting the bakery more often.”

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